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    Father of two
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  1. S-T

    The "Good news, everyone!" thread

    MEGA congrats on the new baby! Psalm 127:3-5 (NASB) Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.
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    The "Good news, everyone!" thread

    No, township government is distinct from city council. (Although I did run for city council in 2015.) Township government handles abandoned cemeteries, emergency assistance to the poor and (usually) fire protection in unincorporated areas. That last one isn't the case in my township because there is a special fire protection district with its own tax rate.
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    The "Good news, everyone!" thread

    I got my documents notarized and sent them to the county party chairman and county clerk. If all goes well, I'll be appointed in a party caucus next month to fill a ballot vacancy and will be a candidate for township board in the November general election.
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    The awesome video thread

    Apologies if this has been shared already. One of my dogs would be absolutely terrified of this machine and would not go anywhere near it. The other one, meanwhile, would not be able to care enough to chase the ball.
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    Random Star Trek thoughts

    Sisko was my favorite captain. He actually punched Q! He seemed so much more down to earth and real than the other captains. And I really like the actor. It is crap that it took them several seasons to actually make him a captain, though.
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    Random Star Trek thoughts

    Yes. All of the characters other than Dax were nearly unlikable in the first season: Sisko, Bashir, Kira and especially Quark. They all became much more likable as the series wore on. Quark, especially, became a lovable heel.
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    What games are you currently playing?

    Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle. Seriously, if you're a Jason fan you need to give this a try. It's a free download on Steam, Android and iOS.
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    Random Star Trek thoughts

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is my favorite series, and Quark is my favorite character in the entire Star Trek multiverse. I love Quark. I had a TOS "red shirt" onesie from ThinkGeek that both of my sons wore as infants.
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    Marvel Comics Discussion Thread

    When I was looking it up, I remembered reading about that story back in the day. I either didn't know that it made him switch back to the classic red and gold or I didn't remember that aspect of it. There are also two Hank Pyms in that story, because his split personality manifested itself as an entirely new body. I had to Google that one too. That I did not remember at all.
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    Marvel Comics Discussion Thread

    I recently picked up the first three volumes of the Thunderbolts. I read the first few issues way back in 1997, but didn't follow it after that. The third volume of the trade features a crossover with the Avengers, and throughout the crossover Iron Man is in his classic red and gold armor from the 1970's and 1980's. I had no idea why he was not in any of his more recent armors, and instead was in the very outdated (by Marvel standards) armor. This bugged me, so I got online and did some research. He went back to an older armor because his newest armor had become sentient. So here's the point. Include a recap box, especially in a trade paperback. "Hey true believers! Iron Man is in his classic armor because his new armor became sentient and tried to kill him. He downgraded to an armor with a less sophisticated operating system so that does not happen again." There. That was easy. Then, when someone is reading your collection 18 years later, they are not completely confused and have to go spend an hour on Google trying to figure out what is going on. Or, of someone only reads the Thunderbolts in 2000, they won't be completely confused either.
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    Avengers: Infinity War

    No, I giggled at a scene I cannot take seriously given all of the real-world facts I mentioned in my post. I giggled because nobody in the theater believed for a second that his "death" was ever going to be permanent and because Marvel/Disney overplayed their hand by making it so dramatic. There's no way they're setting that big pile of cash on fire. If the scene worked for you, awesome. I'm glad a lot of people were touched by the scene. I wasn't. If it had been any of a number of other characters, I could see it being played the way it was. The crippling of War Machine in Civil War was a sad scene, especially because it was believable that he could die, be permanently crippled or be in a persistent vegetative state. That's why I hated that they spoiled James Rhodes' return in the trailer. That he is even conscious, much flying around in his armor should have been a huge reveal in the movie, but it was just thrown in the trailer like it was nothing. I hated that so much. Spider-Man isn't going anywhere.
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    Avengers: Infinity War

    The character's death I giggled at was... I know spoiler tags aren't required, but I figured, no harm. I said on Twitter on March 2013 that I want to see a live-action movie with Miles Morales as Spider-Man. I would love to see him in Infinity War II, even if only in a cameo to set up his first full appearance in the next Spider-Man movie.
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    Random movie and tv thoughts

    I saw the first episode of Kobra Kai, but I don't have a YouTube Red subscription so I don't know how much more I will be able to watch. Hopefully the episodes will be offered on iTunes or Amazon or something so I can buy them there. Anyway, I loved and was glowing immediately after watching it. As I walked my dog around the block and thought about it, the show is more flawed than I initially thought. Mostly that the antagonists for Johnny were way too one dimensional. The second and third movies were totally ignored. I think I was running on nostalgia before nitpick mode kicked in. That said, I still loved it. Major nostalgia for an 70's / 80's kid.
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    The Predator

    I think he looks fine as a protagonist in the trailer. Is this a reboot or is it a sequel? I'm honestly hoping for the former. After nearly 30 years* a reboot would make more sense. Nearly 30 years. Nearly 30 years. Sigh. I am such an old man.
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    It has gotten to the point that I have to physically pick up my Beagle in the morning to take her downstairs and outside for a walk. She's never been terribly thrilled with waking up early to go on a walk at 6:00 a.m. so I can get ready to go to work, but she just completely sandbags me any more.